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Traditional Arts Touring Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in Eligible
Southern States to Host Traditional Arts Specialists

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee nonprofits, educational organizations, and government agencies to host artists and scholars specializing in traditional art forms. Funding is intended to support projects that include a public performance or exhibition and an educational or outreach component.

Traditional arts are shared aesthetics, practices and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc.. The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to the region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a master artist instructing an apprentice. They are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment. Examples of traditional art forms (performing and visual arts) practiced in the South include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Indian Bharatha Natyam dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American gospel music, Chinese zheng, Cherokee storytelling, and Minorcan netmaking.

The Traditional Arts Touring Grant Program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects that bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. The program serves both communities and traditional artists. Priority consideration is given to underserved communities.

Projects may include performing (music, dance and storytelling) and/or visual arts/crafts. The project must include both a public performance/demonstration/exhibition involving both the artist(s) and the folklorist/scholar, and an educational/outreach component. In addition, eligible projects must include the following:

(1) Engagement of a traditional artist or ensemble (meeting the description above of a traditional art form) that resides in South Arts’ region, but not within the applicant’s state for, at minimum, one public presentation and one educational activity
(2) A residency of two days or more
(3) The public presentation must include contextual/scholarly content by a folklorist or scholar
(4) Projects must take place in the applicant’s state

For additional project requirements, guidelines, and policies, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166032

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $1,000. The maximum request is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between September 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, presenters, etc.


- Nonprofit organizations, official units of government, and educational organizations, in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- Organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, or be an official unit of local, county or state government. Governmental organizations must provide proof of government status. For nonprofit applicants, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party entity (Guidestar). Educational institutions (schools, school systems, colleges and universities) are eligible.
- All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. (For information about DUNS numbers, see

Priority consideration is given to support new applicants.

Organizations currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Performing Arts Touring or Literary Arts Touring program are not eligible for this grant program.

Presentations at conferences and school-focused presentations (primarily engaging students, whether taking place at the school, or a performance venue) will not be considered public presentations that are open and accessible to the general public. (However, school-focused presentations will satisfy the educational component requirement.)

South Arts does not fund historical reenactments, benefits or fundraisers.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted prior to one of two deadlines – July 15, 2019, or December 5, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications early. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until available funds are depleted.

South Arts staff can also direct you to potential resources and networks to identify traditional artists and scholars/folklorists. Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Film and Traditional Arts) to discuss their project before submitting an application.

All applicants will be asked about the status of their readiness plan. If an applicant has a readiness plan, a brief narrative is required. (For information about readiness, see

Traditional Arts grant awards require a 1:2 match.

Organizations are eligible to apply for only one Traditional Arts grant through the fiscal year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Teresa Hollingsworth, Director, Film and Traditional Arts
404-874-7244 x 14

South Arts, Inc
1800 Peachtree St NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee